We specialize in Landscape Photography Tours and Workshops in Iceland

ICELAND is undoubtedly one of the coolest photographic destinations in the world, and the incredible diversity of the landscape enthralls even the most seasoned travelers. Iceland has something for everyone, any time of the year! We have winter workshops featuring the Northern Lights, ice caves and frozen landscapes. Come during the summer and fall and photograph all the way ‘round Iceland. We have extreme super jeep highland excursions as well! In the spring we focus on landscapes and birds, such as the famous Atlantic Puffin. Arctic Exposure is a fully licensed Tour Operator & Travel Agency authorised by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

WE offer from day tours up to two week long photography tours and workshops in Iceland, for photographers who wish to experience the magic of landscape and aurora photography. Guided tours to all the best photographic locations with hands on photography workshop. We are professional photographers and tour operators with vast experience in landscape photography in Iceland, we make sure you get to the best locations at the best possible light.

We use specially modified super trucks and jeep for our photography tours and workshops in Iceland. Check out our fleet here!

Aurora & Ice Cave Photo Workshop 
Oct. 29 – Nov. 5, 2016
Jan 7 – 14, 2017

North Iceland Winter Workshop
March 21 – 29, 2017
Iceland Adventure Summer Photo Tour
July 3 – July 15, 2017
Summer Highlands & North Iceland
July 27 – August 5, 2017
Autumn Photo Workshop in Iceland
Oktober 8 – 16, 2016
skarpi_1H1B2967_72dpi Autumn Highlands Workshop
September 9 – 18, 2016
 Greenland Schooner Expedition
September  5 – 13, 2017
Winter Workshop Around Iceland
November 11 – 21, 2016
December 1 – 11, 2016
December 12 – 22, 2016
February  5 – 15, 2017
Ice cave Exploring Ice Caves – Send inquiry! November – March
Greenland Schooner Expedition  Sept. 11-19, 2018
skarpi_1H1B0067_72dpiEast Greenland Photo Expedition
Sept. 3 – 11, 2017

Very few know it as well, as well as someone who grew up playing in the canyons, shores, waterfalls and geo thermal pools as Native Skarpi Thrainsson. The first trip I met Skarpi on, he was full of stories of places he wanted me to see. After several years and many trips he’s still telling me about more locations he wants to take me, something only someone who loves the wilderness will do! Skarpi is also a remarkable photographer, with many spectacular images that only a local could create. He has a remarkable talent for finding great locations at the right time, a skill he acquired on his own. It is an honor to know this true “Viking” and have shared some great memories of Iceland with.

Marc Muench

“Dear Skarpi and Örvar,
Thank you for a wonderfully organized photography tour of Iceland. I have been on many photography tours, and this was certainly one of the very best. I am particularly grateful to you for being so professional, knowledgeable, patient and accommodating with all participants and for carefully choosing most spectacular shooting locations. Your able leadership, guidance and planning made this the most memorable trip on personal and photographic level. You helped me to bring back numerous photographs of spectacular Icelandic nature and wildlife. Moreover, you helped me to bring back wonderful memories of your magnificent country and its warm and friendly people that would last me a lifetime. I would recommend your tour to all my friends with no hesitation. With best regards,”

Ilya Raskin

“Iceland has always been a dream destination, so when the opportunity arose to travel there I wanted to maximise my photographic opportunities. Luckily I found Skarpi! My friend and I were so fortunate to have Skarpi as our private guide around South Iceland in summer. As a native Icelander, Skarpi knows the roads and locations like the back of his hand, enabling us to visit the right locations at the best times and always with consideration of the weather. His easy-going nature and sense of humour married well with his professionalism, and his flexibility was a huge bonus. Skarpi expertly drove and guided us, set up camp and rocked a mean barbecue! Camping was great fun and was extremely comfortable. A professional photographer, his images are beautiful and truly inspiring. His advice about what to bring to Iceland, and how best to capture the best images in each location was invaluable. I learned so much about Iceland on this tour – the country, the people, and of course the photographic locations. Because of Skarpi, we were able to view and shoot stunning locations in the best light and from the best aspects. I am thrilled with the images I have taken home and can’t wait to get to Iceland again. I would highly recommend Skarpi for your private or group tour.

Thanks again Skarpi!”

Shanel Cameron

“Iceland had long been on my bucket list of places to visit and to photograph. I was drawn to Skarpi’s offering of a winter workshop, with its focus on ice caves and the aurora borealis. Of course trips of this nature are always subject to weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Skarpi has the uncanny ability to read the minutiae of the weather and to seek out locations perfectly situated for the prevailing conditions. He also has an incredible vehicle that can navigate the most difficult terrain possible – and he is fearless in pursuing the right destinations, but does so with extreme safety and precaution. As such we were fortunate to explore some of the off-the-beaten-track sites, and got to photograph incredible vistas. IN addition, Skarpi is just a delightful person, with a deep knowledge of the history and geography of Iceland, as well as a story telling ability to make this incredible country even more enticing. His website provides much information, but so do his regular news feeds leading up to and even following the photo tours. One is never left feeling unprepared. Overall, an incredible experience, highly recommended and one I would be glad to repeat.”

Graham Sher, Ottawa, Canada

“If you want to see all the beautiful places in Iceland, and capture them in your camera to show the folks back home, take a tour with a professional photographer! I toured with Skarpi and it was AMAZING!!! Not only do I have beautiful images but I learned SOOOO much about my camera that I never learned from the manual. Skarpi is a great photographer and a fun tour guide. Look him up and take a tour! Visited October 2014”

Dallas, USA

“This is a dream come true photography tour and is my first time stepping on the land of fire and ice literally. Our tour leader Skarpi, knows the exact timing and good spots to bring us too barring the unpredictable weather. I have learnt a lot from his guidance, especially how to shoot photos if the northern lights that wr saw THREE times during this tour. The accommodation provided was great and so was the food. Above all the shooting comradeship amongst the 8 of us was really fantastic.”

James Tan

“In February 2014, I went on a 10-day group tour with Skarpi along the Southwest coast. Our small group was guided to the best sites at the time the light was right. In August, on our way to Europe, my wife and I asked Skarpi to create a 4-day tour to photograph puffins on the cliffs at Látrabjarg and landscapes on the way to and from Reykjavik. On our way back to Canada in September, he put together a 2-day tour of the fall colours around Þingvellir National Park and the waterfalls at Hraunfossar. He truly listened to what we wanted to see and photograph and made it happen. We came home with wonderful images of Iceland.”

Stacey Skalkos, Australia

“Going to Iceland was always a big dream for me. Ever since I started doing photography as my hobby I wanted to go there and experience the country. I was really lucky to join the September 2014 tour with Skarpi. I still remember every day and every moment of it. I was able to see and photograph most of the iconic places but also areas that are not known to most tourists. Skarpi was a great guide, companion and coach. I recommend joining one of his tours if you are planning to visit Iceland.”

Alex Dylikowski

“In one word “nice”, in two words “veeery nice”. On the road with Skarpi is a dream, he gets you to the right places at the right moments, he’s always willing to help you and has a lot of respect for everyone. If you’re advanced or just at the beginning of your photographic path it doesn’t matter. Since he was born in Iceland he knows the island better than anyone else. I think this is also important because once you’re off the beaten track you could easily get lost or be in danger without noticing it. I’ve been happy to have the opportunity to join him twice and look forward to join him again in march for exploring the northern part of Iceland. Actually the first time I came alone from little Belgium and didn’t know what to expect, but from the moment you meet Skarpi you know you’re on the right place with him to enjoy Iceland, to laugh and of course to photograph all these magnificent landscapes. So for me travelling with Skarpi is five stars ***** But beware, he likes chocolates :-)”

Edward De Bruyn, Belgium
“In February 2014, I went on a 10-day group tour with Skarpi along the Southwest coast. Our small group was guided to the best sites at the time the light was right. In August, on our way to Europe, my wife and I asked Skarpi to create a 4-day tour to photograph puffins on the cliffs at Látrabjarg and landscapes on the way to and from Reykjavik. On our way back to Canada in September, he put together a 2-day tour of the fall colours around Þingvellir National Park and the waterfalls at Hraunfossar. He truly listened to what we wanted to see and photograph and made it happen. We came home with wonderful images of Iceland.”
Cal Towle
Engineer / Vancouver, Canada

“We are happy to have joined Skarpi for our first visit to Iceland in February 2015. The weather in Iceland can be challenging at times with high winds, rain or snow. Despite the conditions, under the guidance of Skarpi, we were able to capture South Iceland’s raw beauty – amazing ice cave, mystical aurora, dramatic black sand beaches, ice covered waterfalls, expansive glaciers, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, gentle Icelandic horses and of course many stunning landscapes. Skarpi satisfied our appetite to photograph by getting us to the right places at the right times. While doing that he kept us safe, comfortable and well fed, and took care of our special needs. We are eager for our next trip when Skarpi can show us more and different locations.”

Ralph Hill

“I visited Iceland in December on the Aurora and Ice Cave tour with Skarpi. This being my first photo tour, I spent a lot of time researching different companies and photo tours before finally deciding on Arctic Exposure.  I’m glad I did.  Not only was Skarpi easy to talk to, being from Iceland, he knew a lot about the area and the history. Despite Iceland having one of the worst storms in decades during our trip, Skarpi made sure we were still able to see all the places we were supposed to, providing some great photo opportunities. Skarpi often shot alongside us and was always available for questions, if needed. I hope to one day return and if so, I’d gladly go with Skarpi and Arctic Exposure. Thanks for everything, I hope to make it back one day!”

Steve Hinch
Professional Photographer / USA
 “I signed up for Skarpi’s 2015 Summer Photo Tour around Iceland based on the itinerary, quality of the photography I saw on his site, and format of the tour.  The tour exceeded my expectations.
 Skarpi ran the tour very smoothly. He has a friendly, relaxed and laid back personality, but works very hard to accommodate the tour participants preferences and to adapt the daily schedule of shoots to best take advantage of the current weather and light conditions. Having spent his life exploring Iceland, Skarpi has a detailed knowledge of the best photographic locations, and the best light suitable for each location.  Incidentally, this knowledge also extends to the best places to eat – we had delicious food throughout the tour!
 Skarpi is a superb photographer and if you have any questions, Skarpi is very helpful providing instruction and sharing his knowledge.  If you would rather be left alone while shooting, Skarpi will readily accommodate.
 I had a great time and am very happy with the images and memories I brought back from this tour. Much of it was due to Skarpi’s deep knowledge of Iceland and light and to making sure we were at the right locations at the right times.”
Jean-Marc Bara

“We’ve been working with Skarpi as our local guide in Iceland for years. Not only is he an amazing pro photographer, but so much more: leader, instructor, driver (anything from a car to a super-Jeep to a 40+ passenger bus!), organizer, and all-around good guy. Skarpi is a native Icelander – a true Viking! Skarpi knows every bit of Iceland like no other, having photographed, hiked, fished and traveled the entire country since he was a child. This experience, combined with his friendly, unflappable nature, is so important. From trip planning and logistics, to getting in the precise spot at the exact time for amazing photographs, Skarpi does it all. Any tour or workshop that Skarpi does is going to be filled with amazing photography, loads of instruction and fun, and run smoothly. A guaranteed great time!”

Andy Williams

“The photo tour with Skarpi through the Golden Circle was wonderful! Not only did I get to see some absolutely stunning scenery, but I truly learned a lot about photography techniques from Skarpi. Although I’m not entirely novice, I certainly am no expert, so his tutelage was exceptionally appreciated. He helped me with everything from camera settings to composition, compensating for a dull sky, and even gave me some tips for shooting the northern lights for later that night (which, thanks to him, I actually managed to do fairly well). He has a great sense of humor and was very easy going and patient with me when I didn’t know everything. Overall, it was a great day, great learning experience and well worth all the money. I highly recommend both Iceland Aurora and Skarpi, especially if you have the ability to do a one-on-one tour as I did – absolutely fantastic! Visited February 2014”

Kate B.
Los Angeles, California

“They say that Iceland is like Disneyland for photographers – the land of waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, and puffins! For photographers, Skarpi’s expertise is unique. If you visit the famous locations, he’ll take you at times when the light is good, few tourists, and show you different perspectives. He’ll also take you to hidden gems that even locals don’t know about – the secret waterfall, a tiny church, a deserted fishing shed, or even a three-horned sheep! Skarpi’s knowledge of good light in unpredictable weather means he can adjust the itinerary accordingly, and provide us with the best possible shooting conditions day or night.On our private tour, Skarpi accommodated us in what we called “The Taj Mahal” – no need to for camping in tents, but he had a luxurious campervan equipped with beds, kitchen and power. And Skarpi cooks up an amazing barbecue of lamb and bacon!When spending so many hours each day with a photographic guide, the wrong personality can drive you mad! Skarpi is courteous, hospitable, respectful, accommodating, and good-humoured. What more could you want in Iceland, but a genuine Viking professional photographer with big lenses, a big truck and a campervan?”

Desmond Chu
Sydney, Australia

“I have just returned from a photo Tour of North Iceland in the Winter with our guide Skarpi. We were lucky enough to have one glorious night of the Aurora which completed our trip nicely. Skarpi is a wonderful guide and a true light chaser. He got us to every potential situation to maximize our opportunity to capture sunrises, sunsets and Aurora’s. He is extremely knowledgeable as a photographer and gave us many pointers on maximizing our skills as photographers. Being a native Icelander he knows a lot about the life and landscapes of Iceland. He was able to share with us stories about the culture and customs of Iceland including Icelandic culinary dishes and the not to be missed Porramatur.”

Steven Eisen

This was my first trip to Iceland guided by Skarpi and my first time visiting the North of Iceland. All though we were not blessed with the best of weather the trip turned out to be a great trip, the hotels were all excellent with great food, Skarpi took us to some great locations often multiple times trying to get the best possible lighting conditions to shoot in.Skarpis new super truck was a pleasure to ride in very comfortable with leather seats, on board power charging points and mobile wifi, it also gives you the ability to go places where normal cars and vans couldn’t get to especially if the weather turns for the worst a real bonus.Skarpi was an excellent tour leader and tutor as well as being a mine of local information about Iceland’s culture and history.If you are looking at booking a trip to Iceland where you don’t have to worry about anything other than pressing the shutter button on the camera then I highly recommend contacting Skarpi.

Shaun Young
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